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“Atmosphere in Haarlem”

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Spaarne Dream Appartment Haarlem
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“Atmosphere in Haarlem”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed five nights in this beautifully located, delightful apartment in one of the oldest houses in Haarlem. This apartment is not inexpensive but if you want atmosphere, this is it. The living room overlooking the canal is spectacular: you can sit by the windows and watch the world go by on the canal.

The beds are excellent with two adjustable mattresses independent of one another. The living room is comfortable with a great leather couch. The aspect is also good and on the clear days the living room was filled with sun. The kitchen is small but has good equipment including a coffee machine, though as mentioned below we could not get the induction cooktop to work. The fridge is small and does not have a freezer. There are no washing or ironing facilities, but there is a laundromat nearby on the road to the station.

Pieter the owner very kindly met us at the station, provided us with lots of information and invited us for coffee to help us settle in. He was keen to do anything possible to make our stay pleasant.

We did have a problem with the induction cooktop and unfortunately no instructions were in English. I emailed Pieter, who was away in Greece, and he got right back to me overnight offering to send someone over to look at the problem or to provide us with a meal at the restaurant downstairs. His wife later delivered extra baking dishes so we could cook in the oven instead, as well as a tin of sweets to apologise for any inconvenience.

As it is inside an old house, the apartment has a lot of fairly steep stairs between the street entry and the bedroom and the bedroom and the kitchen and living room. We thought this was part of the charm but it would not be suitable for people with mobility problems.

Haarlem is a fantastic alternative to staying in big, busy Amsterdam. There is a lot to see and do in Haarlem itself: St Bavo’s church, the wonderful Frans Hals museum, canal boat tours, the windmill museum, walking and exploring, and a lovely market on Saturday mornings. There are regular trains to Amsterdam – about 15 minutes – from the station, which is a pleasant five to ten minute walk. It has good connections to the other cities as well and we were able to head off for day visits to places like Rotterdam. There is a direct bus service to Schipol from the stop outside the tourist information office every ten minutes or so. Coming home every night to a peaceful small city where everything you need is within walking distance was just what we needed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Absolutely delightful appartment in great situation overlooking the Spaarne River and just around the corner from the city centre and all the major attractions,which are all within easy walking distance.
The appartment is in a 15th century house and has been immaculately renovated with a mixture of original features and hi tech kitchen,shower room and hi fi equipment. The views from the sitting room are fascinating with a continuous flow of huge barges manoevering through a bend and swing bridge. The only slight downside is that the accomodation is not fully self contained as the owner, Pieter, has his office on the second floor and his stairs cut through the sitting room and the kitchen.However,this really did not cause a problem and indeed Pieter was extremely helpful,showing us a free parking area, and even driving us there because of the rain, and the complmentary bottle of wine.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vlissingen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Such a wonderful treat staying in this most charming small house by the river Spaarne in Haarlem.Full of history, our host Pieter welcomed us with coffee and a then a tour of the apartment and instructions on the fabulous B and O sound system, necessary for 2 technophobes!
We had brought our own food, so a cooked breakfast and we ate lazily in the sun filled lounge/dining room overlooking the river.
Location to town also fantastic as we walked to all our chosen activities of Haarlem.Plenty to see and do!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This was second 2 week stay in this modern, quirky, 1st floor, split level apartment within a 15th century building. Both times Pieter, our friendly host, was there to greet us with a bottle of wine to be enjoyed at our leisure. Information about the town and the building was provided. Pieter also let us know of any special events that were on and when asked, restaurants he liked .
The apartment is well equipped with appliances modern, wonderful B&O hifi /tv system, wi-fi, a fabulous shower, great bed and flowers in the room. Exploring this beautiful city is easy as most things are within walking distance as is public transport. And if you stay on the 2nd last weekend in April you will probably have a bird's eye view from the living room window of the Bloemencorso.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Spaarne Dream Appartment Haarlem
Address: Spaarne 42, 2011 CJ Haarlem, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Haarlem > Centrum
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Haarlem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Spaarne Dream Appartment Haarlem 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1
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